This Kefir Smoothie is made with frozen fruit and honey and is so delicious. But, of course, you can use any sweetener you want! It's a great way to start the day and get your probiotics.
Kefir is high in nutrients and probiotics that is good for gut health and digestion. It even contains three times more probiotics than yogurt!
Kefir is not as thick as yogurt and is drinkable like regular milk. However, kefir generally has more twang than yogurt, thus depending on your taste, may require more sweetener.
What is Kefir?
Kefir is a fermented drink, typically made with cow's milk. It's made by adding kefir grains to the milk, letting it ferment for about 24 hours, and then removing the grains. What is left is a kefir drink that has many health benefits.
I have purchased kefir grains which are required for homemade kefir and you can find detailed instructions on making it yourself in the How to Make Kefir Video.
Probiotics, known as 'friendly bacteria,' are important for your gut health. I know we all want to be healthier and having a healthy gut is very important. Kefir and other fermented foods are a tool to reach that end.
Fermented foods have other positive health benefits besides just probiotics. When we ferment certain types of foods this can improve the availability of nutrients, make it easier to digest, and may even support heart health. These Fermented Carrots is another great recipe with added health benefits!
We like to add sweeter fruit to our smoothies, such as strawberries and blueberries, to help balance the sourness of the kefir.
Add your favorite fruit and play around with different textures. Rule of thumb is ½ cup of fruit per 1 cup of kefir. Of course, you can use any ratio you like if you prefer a thicker or thinner smoothie.
- Start by adding kefir, fresh or frozen fruit, and honey (or your choice of sweetener) to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add additional kefir if the smoothie is too thick, or ice cubes if the smoothie is too runny.
- Serve and enjoy!
Different fruit combinations are delicious and there are lots of great combos to be found!
- In the following kefir smoothie recipe, the amount of honey you add varies depending on the tanginess of the kefir and how sweet you like it. Feel free to adjust depending on your preference.
- Add any kind of fruit. I love using bananas, strawberries, blueberries, or mango. The possibilities are endless!
- Don't be afraid to try a green kefir smoothie - add 1 c. spinach or kale and 1 c. fruit.
- If you are using frozen fruit, you probably won't need to add any ice, unless you prefer a thicker smoothie.
More Kefir Recipes
There are lots of ways to use kefir. It's a wonderful dairy product that you can use as a substitute in many recipes.
- Use it in my Fried Chicken recipe and it produces a deliciously tender yet crunchy fried chicken!
- Kefir can be used as a substitute for sour cream (although it is not as thick), buttermilk, or an enhancer for many recipes. In my Buttermilk Pie, I find that it adds a sweet tang to the overall taste.
- Kefir isn't always the predominant flavor in every recipe where you find it, but sometimes you want it to be! That's why we also use it in recipes like the one for these Healthy Kefir Popsicles.
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To make 2 cups:
- 1 cup kefir
- ½ cup fruit fresh or frozen strawberries, peaches, blueberries, bananas ...
- 1 - 2 tablespoons honey adjust to taste
- ½ cup ice cubes optional
To make 6 cups:
- 4 cup kefir
- 1 cup fruit fresh or frozen strawberries, peaches, blueberries, bananas ...
- 4 - 6 tablespoons honey adjust to taste - we like them tangy!
- ½ - 1 cup ice cubes optional
Blend all ingredients in a blender just until smooth.
Serve and enjoy!
What Fruit Flavor Kefir Do You Like the Best?
Leave a comment - I would love to know!
Drumles Den Haag says
Just bought some kefir and cant wait to make a smoothie with it. Hopefully it will taste yummy!
Let me know how you like it!
Sheila, your kefir sounds delicious! I really don't know about he addition of red rice yeast but maybe someone else does?
Trace, that is very interesting. I know there is a book about your body's blood type and how it relates to your diet but I have not read it. It is called Eat Right 4 Your Type - you can click on the link to find out more about it. Do you have any other problems with dairy? If so, maybe it is a lactose intolerance that is a problem for you but you are able to tolerate a small amount of kefir since the lactose is converted during the kefering process. I hope this helps give some food for thought! Let me know what you think.
Thanks for the suggestion, Jimmy, I will!
I'll never need another smoothie recipe. I love the tang of the kefir and the fact that I can use any fruit I like. I made a mango one, a red berry one and a purple berry one and they are all so delicious. Great recipe
Marie, I am so glad you liked it and I love your fruit additions!